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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307236579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236579
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #674,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The knitting phenomenon takes a summer beach vacation in Paige's first book. Blurbed as "knits that melt onto your body" by Paige's archetype customer, Carmen Electra, Paige provides patterns for one teeny-tiny bikini after another, barely there in lush, full-color photos. Paige offers three chapters: the self-explanatory "Peace, Love & Bikinis;" "Sunshine, Good Vibes" with "Terry Short-shorts" and the "Little Mermaid Strapless Top;" and a collection of sexy evening and lounge wear like the "Sexpot Cami" in the "Cozy Homebodies" chapter. The drawbacks to Paige's approach are worth considering: "Some of the recommended yarns are not ocean-, pool-, or hot tub-proof," Paige advises. Sizes go no larger than about a women's 8, and knitters who have someone slim enough to qualify should keep in mind that Paige's definition of "sexy" almost always means lots of skin, with very little bits of strategically placed knitting. Beginners beware: there aren't any knitting how-tos here, just clearly laid out patterns accompanied by succinct knitting instructions. PHOTOS
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About the Author

Ashley Paige’s celebrity client list includes Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and the Hilton sisters. Her designs have appeared on MTV, VH1, and Extra, and in Vogue, Lucky, and People. She lives in Hollywood, California.

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Customer Reviews

This book features very sexy, wonderful knit and crochet patterns for all women of all sizes!
Fiber Mage
I would recomend this book to anyone looking for new ideas on things to knit and for things that people will never belive that you knitted.
Brandy Chandler
I am not a beginning knitter but I've had to rip out several times before I resorted to graphpaper.
Knitting Cat

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Janet on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a machine and hand knitter, it is obvious that the garments on this piece were constructed on a machine and then the directions were interpretted for hand knitters. This makes for some wild instructions and impossible gauges. When changing a machine pattern to a hand knit pattern, you can't simply replace "needle" with stitch, as is done in this book. Furthermore, some manuevers that are easy and common on a machine are awkward and seldom used when knitting by hand, but this book does not offer alternatives.

In short, I find it highly doubtful that any test garments for these patterns were actually produced by hand. They work great on a machine, but for the hand knitter, I cannot recommend this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cupcake Heidi on February 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved the patterns in the book and bought it on the spot. There are however alot of errors in the patterns that can be overcome with alot of patience and work which is an annoyance when the book cost thrity something dollars new when I got it. I have written the publisher and the artists website but have yet to hear from either. The book offers great starts to wonderful projects that you will spend alog of your own time trying to figure out because her instructions are wrong at some point. I have still made a couple of the peices however and have been very happy with them once I finally figured out what in the world I should do to make it work. I would not recommend this to a beginning knitter at all. They will get frustrated... I still am.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Knitting Cat on June 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
The designs in this book are very very cute. I can't wear them (except the bathrobe, which I do plan to knit for myself) but I have a step-daughter who can, which is almost as good.

I give it only three stars as I am attempting to knit the Blue Suede Bikini and am finding the instructions to be very poorly written. At this moment I am literally drawing the design out on graph paper to discover where the lace pattern would lie and how the increases should work. The instructions for the construction of the bottom from crotch to the back are particularly obtuse.

I am not a beginning knitter but I've had to rip out several times before I resorted to graphpaper.

I do hope to see more from Ms. Paige but I hope that she is able to improve her directions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bizzy_knitting on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Wonderful designer, but she needs help with the pattern writing.

I've been knitting and crocheting for 28 years and was very excited to begin making these items. However, I found a definite error in the very first pattern I tried (suede bikini bottom) and finally gave up, making it my own way (I had to pay $21.95 to design it myself?). I went onto the halter and am already frustrated at row 3. The author's pattern writing style is such that she assumes that you know what she means, leaving out specifics which are VERY IMPORTANT in patterns.

Perhaps the celebrity status of the author caused her editor to be hesitant in pointing out the numerous errors and omissions in her patterns.

Most of the five star reviews on Amazon are from people who have not attempted to make any of the patterns yet.

This was an expensive book, and not worth the frustration. I've seen previous posts where knitters have contacted the publishers for help only to be ignored. Therefore, I cannot recommend this book to anyone, regardless of level of experience.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is full of Errors. Period. Save yourself $22.00 and countless hours of frustration. Boycott the Author- Boycott the Publisher- Boycott the store that you bought it from. They are all shameless!!

The world is full of cute and striking Patterns provided by responsible Authors and Publishers. Ashley Paige and Potter Craft do not fall into this category.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Simmon on September 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
There are so many beautiful patterns in this book including a luxurious bathrobe, a number of the gorgous retro bikinis Ashley Paige is famous for, and some really cute tops and skirts.

Most of which come with horrid patterns that are nearly impossible to create. It's beyond typo errors, it feels more like whole sections are missing. Having knitted by hand and with a machine, it feels like these patterns were made for a machine and then translated for hand knitting but never actually tested. Maybe one day they will come out with another book called "Sexy Little Knits: with Actually Knittable Patterns."
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cikk on May 16, 2006
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I have tried to make a couple of things from this book, and must say that the instructions were hard to follow in those particular cases, and for one item, that is the bikini in fixation, the gauge was TOTALLY impossible to get. I wrote to the publishers asking about corrections a couple of times, and was completely ignored. I am seriously annoyed, and will NEVER EVER buy a book by this author again.

Old review.....
I have to echo the previous reviewer (Bronwyn) - I'll probably just make the tank tops from this book - and the net sweater - oh, and the cute little top from the cover. I knew what to expect from having read the blurb, but ordered it anyway even though I knew I would never wear a knitted bikini.... because I wanted something DIFFERENT. Some of the designs are way too bare for me, but it's fun to have something completely different. And I must say that they are really not vulgar. To wear the bikinis, you need to have an amazing figure, and to live on a beach - but I can see the bikini tops as little tops under transparent or gauzy tops - much cuter than either of my two usual options - boring skin coloured bra or obvious pretty bra a la Carrie Bradshaw.

I think it's a little bit unfair to criticise a book for living up to its name and cover.
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